Matt Burns

Matt Burns

Matt is a Senior Editor at TechCrunch.

Matt Burns is a family man first and attempts to be a writer second. Born and raised in the heart of the automotive world, only cars eclipse his love of gadgets. He previously wrote for Engadget and EngadgetHD before moving into the party house that is TechCrunch.

His passions include emails, run-on sentences and following through with action items developed during a conference call.

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  • Unannounced NAD T 587 Blu-ray player spotted at CEDIA 2008

    Praise the AV gods! Finally, after Yamaha, Marantz, Integra and Sharp all introduced ‘new’ Blu-ray players that support the old Blu-ray standard Profile 1.1, there is a new, high-end Blu-ray player that sports Blu-ray Profile 2.0; that means the NAD T 587 supports BD Live. Surprisingly though, this player hasn’t been announced yet, and no one at the NAD booth wanted to… Read More

  • CEDIAcrunch ass-on: CuddleBag

    Let me tell you, these bags are relaxing. Holy crap are they comfy. Maybe that’s just me after racing around the CEDIA EXPO floor but I don’t think so. Random-sized foam shavings comprise the innards to make one hell of seat. I tried to get one back to my hotel room for a ‘review,’ but they said no. I’m talking about the CuddleBag, buddy.  Read More

  • CEDIAcrunch hands-on: The two Marantz Blu-ray players

    First and foremost, these new Marantz Blu-ray players are Profile 1.1; sorry, no BD Live on your pricey Marantz players. With that important tidbit out of the way though, these two players are obviously geared for different crowds. The low-end BD7003 has the standard fair of 1080p24 HDMI 1.3a out, scalers for different resolutions, and an admission cost of $799. The big boy Marantz though… Read More

  • CEDIAcrunch hands-on: 60th anniversary McIntosh upcoming bookshelf mini-system

    I love McIntosh gear. The processors big, the amps are bad and when combined, Twisted Sister feels so right. But for some trust fund kids, the huge equipment just doesn’t fit in their West Village studio and so McIntosh is developing a rock’n bookshelf system. Dubbed the Mini-Mac by McIntosh staffers, the 60th Anniversary System is powered by two, separate tube amps, each… Read More

  • CEDIAexclusive: Denon producing a monster Blu-ray player for CES

    Most large manufacturers at CEDIA this year are showing off their latest Blu-ray players. A good amount of the ‘new players’ are unfortunately profile 1.1 and therefore, not BD Live capable, but there was a buzz going around the show floor concerning Denon’s upcoming super player. Something about a $3800-$4000 Blu-ray king coming out early next year. I managed to snag… Read More

  • Wilson Audio speaker or Cylon cloning contraption?

    Yeah, it’s a Wilson Audio Alezandria X2 speaker. Otherwise this would have been one hell of a CEDIA. Read More

  • Monster Cable thinks you need special cleaner for your iPhone, camera, cell phone, GPS, and laptop

    ROFL. More Monster Screen cleaner and is there really a need for an iPhone cleaner, along with a separate cell phone cleaner. Really? Come on. LOL. And dedicated GPS screen cleaner? ROFL. On a personal note, my shirt cleans my Blackberry just fine and I didn’t have to spend the $10 bucks for these monster oils. Moving on…. Read More

  • Monster Cable launching GreenPower power centers

    Monster Cable. I know you hate ’em and you’re not planning on reading this post because of that, but these new power centers are kind of neat so I implore you to read on. It’s the hip thing to go green and these latest power centers from Monster Cable will help with that.    The Monster GreenPower IR Control is featured on the remote-control enabled EPIR 2450, EPIR 3650… Read More

  • CEDIAcrunch hands-on: JBL Control NOW loudspeaker

    JBL announced these quarter-toroid speakers a while ago, but seeing them in person really shows how versatile the speakers are. The Control NOW loudspeaker can sit alone, be hung on the wall, wrap around a corner, but when their powers combine, they form a round speaker thingie. I could totally see these speaker donuts hanging at an outdoor bistro or inside an upscale bar. They are kind… Read More

  • CEDIAcrunch hands-on: Polk Atrium outdoor speakers

    Word leaked out two weeks ago that Polk Audio planned on releasing the Atrium Sat 10 and Sub 30 outdoor satellite/subwoofer system here at CEDIA. It’s kind of a novel idea if you think about it, with outdoor theaters and people craving the latest multichannel audio, I guess it’s a natural evolution. They sound great in harmony, but I don’t get the design. Is the… Read More

  • Integra rolls out the surprisingly affordable DBS-6.9 Blu-ray player

    Integra tends to put out very nice, abet pricey AV equipment, so the CE companies first Blu-ray players low price surprised the CEDIA out of me. According to one of their product minions, the DBS-6.9 is going to hit all Integra distribution channels for $599. Expect the normal Blu-ray tech of HDMI 1.3a output, bitstream compatibility, and unfortunately Profile 1.1. Sorry, no BD Live… Read More

  • CEDIAcrunch: live pics of the $1,199 Profile 1.1 Yamaha Blu-ray player

    I don’t get it. A ‘new’ $1,199 Blu-ray player that doesn’t support the latest Blu-ray standard. The player leaked out a few weeks ago, so there really isn’t anything here but some gadget pr0n. It might look nice, but without BD Live, who in their right mind will buy it? Read More

  • CEDIAcrunch hands-on: Toshiba XDE upconverting DVD player

    Once upon a time, there was a high definition format called HD DVD. Now, HD DVD was developed by a company called Toshiba, and that company put its heart and soul into this format. Evenutally though, the format died off by the big blu-ray monster. Toshiba was very sad and didn’t want anything to do with the winning format. So do you know what they did? They developed the XDE-E500… Read More

  • CEDIAcrunch: Sony Booth Tour

    New Blu-ray players, 1080p projectors, super-thin LCDs, and everything had the Sony name on it. Must be the Sony booth. Gallery after the jump. Read More

  • Sony's Blu-ray Disc Mega Changer

    All we know is it’s coming next year and it holds 400 Blu-ray discs. Are there even 400 Blu-ray titles out? Read More

  • CEDIAcrunch hands-on: Logitech’s Squeezebox Boom

    Logitech announced the Squeezebox Boom last week and I spent sometime poking and prodding it today. It looks great; clean and simple with a rubberized texture finish. The remote is simple and rests in a on top of the player. As for the controls though, it’s kind of clunky. I wanted to use the large, middle knob more, but the buttons flanking the knob controls it more. Granted… Read More

  • CEDIAcrunch hands-on: Pioneer BDP-09FD Elite Blu-ray player

    Pioneer has one killer Blu-ray player on their hands. The BDP-09FD is a monster and thanks to the geeky venue that is CEDIA, the CE company had the player naked for all the world to peep. It’s shipping to videophiles sometime in the 4Q for a whopping $2,200. Read More

  • Conversation about Sharp's new Blu-ray Profile 1.1 players

    Me, “So who is going to buy these ‘new’ Sharp Profile 1.1 Blu-ray players?” Cute Sharp girl, *laughs* “I think Sharp hopes someone will.” Read More

  • CEDIAcrunch Hands-on: LG BD300 Blu-ray Netflix player

    For a low price of $399, a consumer can get both a BD Live-enable Blu-ray player with a Netflix streamer. Plus, after a little hands on time, I think LG has a winner with the BD300. The player loads quick, the picture is Blu-ray good, and the menu simple. Read More

  • Good Morning JVC!

    8:30 this morning, I jammed myself into a small theater lobby with a bunch of morning breath sporting, traditional AV journalist. Not a great way to start the morning. Last night, Sony gave me crab legs, beef medallions, with an open bar, but this morning, I get a continental breakfast. Yum. Read More